- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GARDNER, Mass. (AP) - A World War II-era Norman Rockwell painting owned by the Gardner School Department has been auctioned for almost $2.3 million dollars.

The central Massachusetts city will get $1.9 million from the sale Wednesday at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York. The buyer wasn’t identified. The money will benefit Gardner’s schools.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1jVEToM) city officials watched the auction online, cheering on the bidding. Mayor Mark Hawke said it’s “simply incredible” to get the windfall for an education foundation.

The uncirculated painting, “Willie Gillis in Convoy” shows three fictional soldiers in an Army truck. A former Gardner High School principal acquired it in the 1950s.

School committee vice chairman James Boone said many people had forgotten about the painting, which the city couldn’t afford to safely display for years.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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